What's A Few Zeros Among Friends?
Submitted Nov. 13, 1996
From Chicago, Illinois
- Before they had credit card machines that would
spit out actual credit card slips for the customer to sign
they had a machine to enter amounts and receive an
authorization number. Then you had to imprint
a carbon paper trio of copies. So this machine didn't
really charge money to their account, it just
"reserved" whatever amount you entered so it could not be spent until the actual bill came in. Many is the time we would accidently enter too many zeros on that amount to be
authorized-- OOOOPS! Gosh, I hope they don't try
to buy something and find that they've exceeded
their spending limit! (Especially effective
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